Public service security vetting is no excuse for dismissing the merit principle

By The Canberra Times
Updated April 24 2018 - 9:18pm, first published September 24 2016 - 5:11pm

When the Whistleblowing in the Australian Public Sector report was published eight years ago, one finding stood out: the federal bureaucracy, long lauded as effectively corruption-free, was seen as far from it by its own staff. The most commonly witnessed malfeasance was nepotism. One in three public servants said they had direct evidence of unlawful recruitment or promotion decisions.

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